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Samantha Turnbull Writer, mother, anti-princess

Jellyfish in Byron Bay

The non-hipster-mum-on-a-budget guide to Byron Bay

I’ve lived in ‘the Bay’ for about 15 years. That means I’m nowhere close to being a local… never really will be, but my kids are born and bred (they’ll just have to cop their mum being called a ‘blow-in’ – yawn).

I love it here, but have to deal with almost daily slandering of the place from colleagues and family who live in surrounding towns.

One relo called it ‘Nimbin by the sea’ at Christmas lunch… but I wasn’t sure if he meant it as a criticism or compliment, because the dude was actually from Nimbin himself.

I get why some people loathe it – it’s expensive, it’s busy, it’s a bit of a scene… but it’s not all of those things all of the time.Read More


The Anti-Princess Club

It’s OK to be ‘anti’

An editor of mine once said to me: “Sam, you’re too polite.”

He was giving me advice on how I needed to change if I wanted to become an editor myself.

At the time I took great offence – yet nodded, politely, of course.

But he was right. From an early age, like many girls, I was taught that it’s inappropriate to be negative.

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Anti-Princess Club

In search of a new blog name

My blog. My poor, neglected blog. It’s been a while.

As I type this, I’m sitting at home with the mother of all head colds, too congested to sleep it off.Read More

Anti-Princess Club

Is it too strong to say ‘anti’ princess?

Phew. It’s been a busy month.

I’ve done a lot of interviews including national TV and radio spots, I’ve written blog posts for the likes of Mamamia and Kidspot, and been the subject of several reviews. I’ve started compiling the media mentions and appearances here if you’re keen to go through them.Read More

NSW Finals Poetry Slam

Poetry slam state finals

The organisers of the Australian Poetry Slam have uploaded the vid of my performance at the NSW Finals.


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Pre-school graduation

My pre-school graduate

Holy cuteness, Lib graduated from pre-school today.

It was the loveliest morning. Read More

Rapunzel

The tangled web I wove

Elsagate reached its peak last week.

I was at the supermarket for no more than half an hour and counted FOUR pre-schoolers in sparkly blue lamé and cheap white mesh – AKA Elsa costumes.Read More

Elsa hair-tie

Enough of Elsa

Did I say I liked Frozen? I did, didn’t I?

Well, I’ve had enough. Especially, of Elsa.Read More